blindcorp wrote:rEFInd is working, and I can boot both Mint and Windows 8 with my boot mode set to EFI. However, to boot Mint I must select the vmlinuz option in refind rather than the option labeled "Linux Mint."
The "Linux Mint" option is probably trying to boot GRUB. If it's not working, you can remove it either by removing GRUB from the ESP (probably in /boot/efi/EFI/linuxmint) or by editing /boot/efi/EFI/refind/refind.conf and using the "dont_scan_files" or "dont_scan_dirs" options to remove Mint's version of GRUB from the menu. You can also set the default option in refind.conf by using the "default_selection" option -- for instance, "default_selection vmlinuz" sets it to boot the most recently installed kernel file by default.
Mint works fine booting the kernel this way, except now the X server boots automatically on startup. With grub I had edited grub.conf to boot in text mode only, so that I could choose to start and stop Xwindows at my leisure. Is there a way I can configure rEFInd to allow the same? Thanks so much for all your help and your awesome software!
Yes; you can edit your kernel options in /boot/refind_linux.conf. If that file doesn't exist, run the mkrlconf.sh script that came with rEFInd. (If you installed the Debian package, it should be on your path, so just type "sudo mkrlconf.sh".)